Never again will we do a Carnival cruise!: Carnival Breeze Cruise Review by msls76
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Never again will we do a Carnival cruise!
Destination: Southern Caribbean
This is a good ship for young children who will go to camp, or be well supervised by their family. The kids enjoyed the waterslides and like activities. The younger ones enjoyed the kids club - older ones not as much.
For my husband and me, the saving grace was the art auction with very interesting lectures. The Motor City show was fabulous - wonderful singing and dancing - fabulous energy. The Divas show was very loud, but great dancing. The farewell show was fair. The "juggler" had about 5 minutes of professional performance, otherwise he should have been a street performer! The comedy acts were terrible - both adults only and especially those meant for family.
Having the casino on both sides of a major walkway with SMOKING More was in very poor taste. Children should not have to be exposed to that atmosphere.
Food was OK, but the specialty dishes in the main dining room lacked imagination, and the steaks were always tough and stringy. Very long lines for breakfast and for lunchtime at the Deli and Wok. Guy's Burgers was very efficient, and tasty. The pizza was also a winner.
Over all, Carnival is a party ship, with party atmosphere, and not much intellectual stimulation except for the art lecture. Guess you know needs of the major population. Less
Cabin review: int
Great closet space. Beds were put together, but there was still a space in the mattress which should have been filled with a foam piece. We had an interior cabin on the 2nd floor. Every night between midnight and 12:30, we heard loud rolling noises coming from the floor above us. One night we were heading to our cabin and discovered that the noise was coming from the cleaning tubs and vacuum being rolled out of storage and used in the atrium area and the theater. When we complained to Guest Services, they said they would need to come down and hear the noise themselves. However, when they came down (the following morning) and stood in the hallway they (OF COURSE) heard nothing.
Port and Shore Excursions
Family took a bus to a beautiful beach with jet-ski-type activities for the teens. They had a wonderful afternoon there without having to take a tour. The senior contingency either went shopping or visited the museum.
Took a mildly interesting tour on our own around the island, but since the ship docked at 2:00, we missed seeing the ancient synagogue as it closed at 4:30, and our tour got us back downtown at 4:50. Thought there would be more of a tour at the distillery, but it was good to see, with plenty of signs which included great historical facts. The rest of the family went to the beach and had a great time.
Read about the Cuevas de las Maravillas, however there wasn't a ship excursion to the site, so we hired two private vans. Glad I had read about using insect repellant as there were definitely a lot of mosquitoes on the beautiful walkway to the entrance of the cave. Entering the cave and seeing the mystically lit formations was a treat for all, however, our guide did a very poor job. Limited English, and limited personality!
Beautiful beach right off the ship. Those who needed to "party" had easy access, and shopping was also readily available. We found that if we walked for a while away from the crowds further down the beach, we could sit and enjoy the beautiful water and watch the activities from a distance without having to listen to the loud music. Lots of options for the teens to be active and have fun. We appreciated the fact that no further transportation expense was necessary.